Indoor air quality can be just as bad as outdoor air in a busy city, according to new evidence. Many people have a false sense of security regarding indoor air quality, assuming it is safer than the polluted air outside. However, there are actually more pollutants inside buildings than outside. The issue of indoor pollution has been neglected for some time, but the COVID-19 pandemic has brought it to the forefront of people's minds. Scientists now believe that the pollutants found in homes, workplaces, and schools are a major cause of illness and death. For example, in places where solid fuel or kerosene are used for indoor cooking, air quality-related deaths can run into the millions. In response, the US National Academy of Sciences has published a report highlighting the gaps in knowledge about indoor pollution and calling for research to fill those gaps.
The good news is that individuals can take steps to reduce their exposure to indoor pollution. These include improving ventilation, using air purifiers, and reducing the use of products that emit pollutants, such as cleaning supplies and paints. By making these changes, individuals can make their homes and workplaces safer and healthier places to be.
As research into indoor air quality continues, it is clear that the issue is finally being taken seriously. While the true scale of the problem is still being uncovered, there are steps that can be taken to reduce exposure to indoor pollution. By making these changes, individuals can protect their health and the health of those around them.